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of american commercial technology. it's a threat that cannot be tolerated and i hope we will hear from our witnesses about the extent of the problem and the steps we can and should take to counter it. the asia pacific region and another round of bill which runs from the dictatorial regime in north korea has caused concern here in the united states and among our allies in the pacific. that regime has announced its intention to resume plutonium production, has tested a nuclear device in february that it appears to have had a greater yield than previous tests and has threatened at any time to launch a missile that could further exacerbate tensions. we have read about conflicting intelligence assessments of north kea's abity to put a nuclear warhead on the missile. we hope our witnesses will be able to clear up that isue. in the middlet, iran continues to float the international community in pursuit of a nuclear program that is a significant challenge to the nation and to most of the world. while the diplomatic arrangement in which iran joins the responsible community of nations remains the pr
is the introduction of the new technologies. they are occurring very rapidly, changing how people are communicating. if they don't have the flexibility to make those changes, they are not going to be able to be competitive in the future. the postal commission could stay in place as a check against what they are doing. but unless they are given the flexibility i just don't see how they are going to deal to give their costs and alignment with evidence today that the postmaster general or to raise the rates, that wouldn't interfere with future businesses with a certain degree to lose business i'm assuming that you have taken all of that into consideration. is that right? >> you need the balance raising their rates. many of our suggestions go to cutting the cost. our point is that you need to bring costs and alignment with the revenues. so why not saying that you should be raising rates. you have to cut the cost first and dues great ability particularly for products where you are losing, not covered in your cost already as i mentioned in the articles and catalogs. but you have to balance those issues a
the face of technological change and the spread of advanced military technology to state and nonstate actors poses an increasing challenge to the united states military. this is the strategic environment facing the department of defense as it enters a third year of flat declining budgets. the onset of these these resource constraints hazarded lead to significant and ongoing belt-tightening and military modernization force structure personnel and overhead expenditures. you have noted some of those mr. chairman. it has also given us an opportunity, an opportunity to to reshape the military and reform defense institutions to better reflect 21st century realities flexibility agility. the process began in the leadership of secretary gates who canceled or curtailed more than 30 modernization programs and trimmed overhead costs within the military services and across the defense enterprise. the realignment continued undersecretary panetta who worked closely with the president and the joint chiefs of staff to craft new defensed her teacher guidance and the fy2013 defense budget plan which red
behind. and these are new technologies. they are great innovations that are coming down the pike. we need to address those. we need to move forward. i came here to talk about reasonable fiscal solutions. we just heard a debate, a good debate about the effects of sequestration. we know we have challenges. on both sides of the aisle there is a sense of purpose to change the trajectory of this debt. we are spending -- we are borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. we have a national debt that is almost equal to our gross domestic product. we have interest payments that are the third-highest payment that we make here, and that's at a time of record-low interest rates. this is unsustainable, and it needs to be addressed but i think it needs to be addressed responsibly. and so, like many of you, i have my own personal passions, and they involve senior citizens, making sure that we provide them with a secure future. but also a secure future for future senio senior citizens. veterans care deeply about the condition of veterans benefits and what we're going to do to reward and thank -- truly
of their own people and continue to develop technology it is a matter of time before they have technology to reach us. do you agree with that? >> probably so. if they keep working at it and they have a single-minded focus focus, particularly the current leader may be more intensely than his father i think feels that is the key to their survival. >> i think that is a good honest assessment put them in the bucket of threats that the nation faces a capable of north korea with larger missiles and probably smaller bombs producing that is a reasonable threat we should plan against if nothing changes? >> i do blie that. >> syria. to give enough chemical weapons to kill thousands? >> potentially yes and that is very dependent on lots of things are the number of casualties that could be incurred in favor employee. >> but they have a lot that could killltofpele >> correct. that's another step. over the last six months as we are imposing sanctions and negotiating through the regime do they have more or less enriched uranium? >> we will get you the exact numbers enclosed context. >> can i say it is m
technology thesis expanding those. i tried to pacify unanimous consent and schumer came up and said no but how about passing mine by unanimous consent and i was actually quiet. they would have been shocked by that but they would have gotten something done. it would have been great fun to see we passed immigration reform by unanimous consent. >> i have to ask you about grover cleveland. >> if i was allowed to go back to when i wasn't alive, he seemed to be opposed to special interests and the also seem to be -- veto a bunch of bills and i think he it was a time period and i think some would call him a populist. part of me feels that way. >> we can probably get into more. alex and doyle. >> you're raising money for the national association of gun rights and he reported last week this came up for conversation and the steering committee. susan collins was pretty upset about that because the national session is gun rights is running ads and she is afraid it could cost party your seat. are you going to not do that in the future or change your course of action and will you be jeopardizing
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